2015 Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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Wine Advocate 92-94, Vinous 93-95, James Suckling 96 points!
Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a beautiful example of this complex red blend from the Rhone. Named for the village just north of Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape (new castle of the Pope) is the place where Pope John XXII first built a summer residence and planted vineyards back in the 14th century. Philippe Bravay is extremely dedicated to preserving the unique traditions and special characteristics that Châteauneuf brings to the world. Domaine de Ferrand is considerably small with only 7.5 hectares of Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards spread over 6 parcels in 4 lieux dits, half of which are 45-year-old vines and half are 95- to 110-year-old vines. He uses organic growing techniques, strictly limits yields, and vinifies traditionally in tank. Harvested by hand, selection on the sorting table. No acidification, no sulfites. Sustainable.
“The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is the normal blend of 90% Grenache and the balance Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Bourboulenc. It’s partly destemmed and aged 100% in concrete tanks. It’s a beautiful barrel sample that sports a deep ruby, semi-translucent color, as well as loads of sweet red and black fruits, garrigue, leafy herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, impeccably balanced and seamless, with ripe tannin, it’s a beauty.”—Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, 92-94 points!
Enjoy Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape over the next 8-10 years with daube Provencal (slow-cooked beef), roast chicken, grilled mushrooms, pastas, and cheeses.
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